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Adolescent drug & alcohol abuse: how to spot it, stop it, and get help for your family / Babbit, Nikki -- Sabastopol, CA: O'Reilly, 2000.
This book offers parents clear information, support, and guidance to understand the disease model of drug abuse, and that it's not your fault; overcome family confusion, denial, and excuses to get your child the help he needs; find allies in the community to help your child feel the appropriate consequences of his actions; know what to look for in chemical assessment facilities; see what kind of help can be given your child in treatment; gain serenity and happiness for yourself, apart from the outcome of your child's drug abuse or dependency; listen to the voices of dozens of parents and recovering teens and learn that you are not alone in how this problem profoundly affects your family.
FAM HV 5824 .Y68 B27

L'alcool / Sanders, Pete -- Montreal: Editions Ecole active, 1998.
Ce livre parle des effets de l’alcool, l’aspect social et des attitudes envers l’alcool. Il y a aussi des photos et des bandes dessinées.  Pour les enfants de 6 à 12 ans
FAM HV 5125 .S24714

Buzzed: the straight facts about the most used and abused drugs from alcohol to ecstasy / Kuhn, Cynthia -- New York: Norton, 1998.
This no-nonsense handbook gives the most balanced, objective information available on the most often used and abused drugs, from alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine to heroin. In both quick- reference summaries and in-depth analysis, it reports on how these drugs enter the body, how they manipulate the brain, their short-term and long-term effects, the kinds of “high” they produce, and the circumstances in which they can be deadly.
FAM HV 5824 .Y68 K83

Cocaïne: la poudre de l'ennui: inspiré de la série documentaire 'vice caché' / Beaulieu, Jacques -- Outrement, QC: Les Éditions Publistar, 2006.
Ce livre apporte des informations pertinentes sur ce paradis artificiel qu'est la consommation de cocaïne. On y trouve aussi des pistes de solution basées sur les besoins physiques, psychologiques et sociaux de l'individu, ainsi que des approches de traitement, telle la méthode AA. Un guide de ressources (centres de thérapie et d'entraide) complète le recueil. 
FAM HV 5810 .B42 2006

Cocktails: facts for youth about mixing medicine, booze, and street drugs / Collin, Kathleen -- Vancouver: Youth Health Program, 2002.
Designed by youth for youth and their health care providers, this booklet describes the effects of mixing street drugs with antidepressants and other medications.
FAM HV 5824 .Y68 C64

Drogue: alerte aux parents / Wille, Rolf -- Paris: Editions Brepols, 1996.
Dans cet opuscule qui s'adresse à tous les éducateurs, l'auteur explique : comment empêcher dès le plus jeune âge le développement de la toxicomanie, comment détecter les symptômes de la dépendance, comment aider les toxicomanes à rompre avec la drogue et comment favoriser leur guérison.
FAM HV 5824 .Y68 W5414

Drogues et adolescence: réponses aux questions des parents / Gaudet, Etiénne -- Montréal: Éditions du CHU Sainte-Justine, 2009.
Ce livre présente une mise é jour des substances psychotropes aujourd'hui offertes aux adolescentes - qu'il s'agisse de dépresseurs, de stimulants ou de perturbateurs - et contient de nombreux renseignements pratiques, tant pour les parents que leurs adolescents. 
FAM HV 5824 Y68 G38 2009

Les drogues / Sanders, Pete -- Montreal: Editions Ecole active, 1997.
Ce livre parle de ce qu’est une drogue, des différentes sortes de drogues, l’abus des drogues et des conséquences. Il y a aussi des photos et des bandes dessinées.  Pour les enfants de 6 à 12 ans
FAM HV 5809.5 .S3414

Drogues: savoir plus, risquer moins: edition quebecoise -- Montreal: Les Editions interationalis Alain Stanke, 2001.
FAM HV 5801 .D74

The drug conversation: how to talk to your child about drugs / Bowden-Jones, Owen. -- London, UK: RCPsych Publications, 2016.
This book suggests to parents how to raise the issue of drug use with their children and gives advice on ways to have this important conversation. It provides clear, up to date, accurate information about 'psychoactive' drugs and their effects, and contains many case studies and actual example conversations between parents and children.
FAM HV 5824 .Y68 B69 2016

Ecstasy: la pilule de l'enfer: inspiré de la télésérie documentaire 'vice caché' / Beaulieu, Jacques -- Outrement, QC: Les Editions Publistar, 2006.
Ce livre est une source d'information sur les risques qu'encourent les consommateurs de ce drogue. En expliquant les effets de l'ecstasy sur le cerveau, les reins, le foie, le cœur et les poumons, il donne une vision claire et vulgarisé de cette pilule.
FAM HV 5822 .M38 B42 2006

Helping students overcome substance abuse: effective practices for prevention and intervention / Burrow-Sanchez, Jason J. -- New York: The Guilford Press, 2007.
Unique in its coverage of both prevention and intervention, this book provides evidence-based strategies and ready-to-use tools for addressing substance abuse in middle and high school settings. Readers learn ways to identify students at risk and implement programs that meet a broad continuum of needs--from psych educational and support groups to individual intervention and referral to community services.
FAM HV 5824 .Y68 B87 2007

How to cope with a teenage drinker: changing adolescent alcohol abuse / Forrest, Gary G. -- North Vale , N.J. Jason Aronson, 1997.
With sensibility and eloquence, Dr. Forrest helps parents and families face the ugly reality of a teenager's drinking problem and shows that there is a path away from alcohol and its tragic consequences, toward a healthier, more fulfilling life style, not just for the teenage drinker but for the entire family.
FAM HV 5135 .F67 1997

One toke: a survival guide for teens / Aronoff, Marc; Cavanah, Earl (ill.). -- Porter House: Lenox, MA, 2016.
This book addresses teen marijuana use in a straight-forward manner offering parents and teens options for being smart about a controversial subject.  Written in short vignettes, it neither promotes nor dismisses teen marijuana use. Rather, the book examines how to be smart when tempted to be stupid.
FAM HV 5624 .Y68 A76 2016

Parenting 911: how to safeguard and rescue your 10-to-15 year-old from substance abuse, sexual encounters, and other risky situations / Giannetti, Charlene C. -- New York: Broadway Books, 1999.
This guide brings parents the information and reassurance they need to identify and handle the crises that can erupt even in the best of homes.
FAM HQ 796 .G42

A survival guide to parenting teens: talking to your kids about sexting, drinking, drugs, and other things that freak you out / Geltman, Joani. -- New York, NY: American Management Association, 2014.
Covering a broad range of issues from the terrifying (sex, drinking, drugs, depression) to the frustrating (defiance, laziness, conformity, entitlement), the author approaches each of the 80 topics with honesty and a dash of humor.
FAM HQ 799.15 .G45 2014

The truth about drugs: real people, real stories / Foundation for a Drug-Free World. -- Los Angeles, CA: Foundation for a drug-free world, 2009.
Explores the lives of several young people who have been forever changed by drug use. Shows the mental and physical consequences of illegal drugs and illustrates how easily a life can be changed or destroyed through drug use. The effects of alcohol, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, Ecstasy and other drugs are discussed, as well as techniques for turning away from risky drug-related situations.
FAM HV 5824 .Y68 F68 2009

Understanding street drugs: a handbook of substance misuse for parents, teachers and other professionals / Emmett, D. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2006.
Provides an overview of key facts and issues surrounding substance misuse. All commonly-used street drugs are discussed in detail.
FAM HV 5824 .Y68 E55 2006

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Web Sites

Drugs and Alcohol: Resources for Youth and Families – CHEO / Taxicomanie : Liste de ressources pour les jeunes et les familles - CHEO

Cannabis (Marijuana) – Parenting in Ottawa / Le cannabis (Marijuana) – Être parent à Ottawa

Drug Free Kids Canada / Jeunesse sans drouge Canada

Binge Drinking - Kids Health – Information for Kids, Teens and Parents from the Nemours Foundation

Fentanyl: Information for Teachers and Parents – Government of Alberta

Fentanyl and Carfentanil – Ottawa Public Health / Fentanyl et Carfentanil - Santé publique Ottawa

Get Naloxone Kits for Free - Government of Ontario / Obtenez une trousse de naloxone gratuite - Gouvernement de l'Ontario

Substance Use - Kids Help Phone / Jeunesse j’écoute

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health / Centre de toxicomanie et de santé mentale

ToxQuebec – La référence québécoise en matière de toxicomanie 

Dépendances – Ministère de la santé et des services sociaux du Québec

Ten Tips for Prevention for Youth – NCADD National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Ten Tips for Prevention for Parents – NCADD National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Problematic Drug Use: Videos – Government of Canada / Consommation problématique dedrogues: vidéos - Gouvernement du Canada

Cannabis in Canada: Get the Facts – Government of Canada / Le cannabis au Canada : renseignez-vous sur les faits – Gouvernement du Canada

Talking with teenagers about drugs – Government of Canada / Aborder le sujet des drogues avec les adolescents – Gouvernement du Canada

What You Need to Know About Marijuana Use in Teens – Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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Always There / Toujours à l’écoute
● Kids Help Phone / Jeunesse j’écoute
● Free / Gratuit
● English and French / anglais et français
● Last updated March 2018 / Dernière mise-à-jour 2018 mars
● The Kids Help Phone app provides a password protected space for you to log your feelings during the day, as well as youth-submitted inspirational quotes, tips on taking care of yourself, and jokes aimed at helping you cope with stress. The Info Booth has lots of information on emotional health topics and more. Finally, the app can also connect you directly with a Kids Help Phone counselor over the phone, or during certain hours, Live Chat. / L’application Toujours à l’écoute offre un espace protégé par mot de passe pour recueillir tes émotions au courant de la journée, et pour accéder à des pensées inspirantes, des conseils pour prendre soin de toi et des blagues qui ont le but de t’aider à gérer le stress. Le kiosque d’info offre beaucoup d’information sur la santé émotionnelle ainsi que d’autres sujets. Enfin, l’application peut également te connecter directement avec un intervenant de Jeunesse J’écoute par téléphone, ou à notre service de clavardage pendant ses heures d’ouverture.
● Available from / Disponible depuis Google Play & iTunes 

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Local Contacts

Addictions and Problem Gambling Services of Ottawa / Services en toxicomanie et en jeu problématique d’Ottawa
221 Nelson St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 1C7

PLEO – Parents Lifelines of Eastern Ontario / PLEO – Parents: Lignes de secours de l’est del’Ontario
Ottawa: 613-321-3211
Outside Ottawa / À l’extérieur d’Ottawa: 1-855-775-7005 (Toll Free / sans frais)
Our Helpline is Staffed Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm / Notre ligne d’aide téléphonique est disponible du lundi au vendredi, de 9h à 19h.

Kids Help Phone / Jeunesse j’écoute

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health/ Centre de toxicomanie et de santé mentale
Please Note: CAMH does not provide crisis counseling over the phone / Noter : CAMH n’exploite pas une ligne d’écoute et de counseling téléphonique pour les personnes en situation de crise.
East Region / Région de l’Est- Ottawa 613-569-6024

This guide provides medical material for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your physician. The information may not always apply to your individual situation.

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Last Updated: November 2018
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